An Alternative Break

Spring break is a wonderful time for students to relax, hang out with friends, explore new places, and get reenergized for the second half of the semester. I had the opportunity to do all of these things, and more!

This spring break I went on an Alternative Spring Break to Memphis, Tennessee. Alternative Breaks is a program at K-State that provides students with opportunities to spend a week serving, and exploring various social issues.

Like I said, my team and I went to Memphis, Tennessee. We had the chance to serve with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Grizzlies Prep School, and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. I cannot even begin to express how awesome it was. I went to sleep everyday feeling incredibly inspired. My team and I met so many people that were doing amazing things and truly making an impact. There is something so beautiful about spending your days serving alongside others.

I truly loved my experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Hidden Gems

When I think about a lot of the “landmarks” on K-State’s campus I usually think about Anderson Hall, Leadership Studies Building, the Union, Old Stadium, McCain and the Alumni Center. However, through my time here at K-State I have discovered a lot of hidden gems here at K-State that aren’t often recognized.

Here is a list of my top 3 hidden gems at K-State:

3. Danforth Chapel: This is a chapel on Campus near McCain. It is dedicated to students who died in World War II and the Korean War. It has beautiful stain glass and is a good place to sit and think. You can sometimes find choirs practicing here.

2. Beach Museum of Art: Many students may know about the Beach, but may not have been there. It is beautiful from the outside, but even more beautiful on the inside. It is a great place to study or take a break from the normal grind of school. I think it is really cool that as students we have access to a place to go see some really cool art as well.

1. The Purple Masque Theatre: This theatre can be found underneath Old stadium on the side closest to the Union. There are often performances in this theatre, but I have found not all students know about it. It is a really interesting place with a lot of character. You forget that you are under old stadium because there is a whole theatre in there!

I hope you all have a chance to check all of these places out sometime!

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More than a T-Shirt

It is K-State PROUD week!!

I am really excited about this, because I love K-State Proud. I think it embodies one of my favorite things about K-State – family.

Many people know about K-State Proud from the t-shirts that they see other students on campus wear. I am a big fan of the t-shirts and think that they are really cute. However, I LOVE the t-shirts because of what they represent. K-State Proud is a student run campaign that raises money to give to students that would otherwise have to leave the University. Throughout its lifetime, K-State Proud has helped over 430 students stay at K-State! I think that is pretty cool.

Every time I put on my K-State Proud shirt I know that I have helped a fellow student continue their education. So often I take my education for granted. I forget how privileged I am; and I forget that some of my fellow students are struggling to stay at K-State. The willingness of K-State students to donate to the campaign and help out their peers in incredible. Family helps each other when times get tough. K-State is and will always be a family – K-State Proud is proof.

K-State PROUD!

Rebecca

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Learning to Fail

I didn’t realize when I began my college career how much I would learn about myself and how much I would grow as a person. I figured that I would learn a lot from my classes, but I really had no idea how much I would learn about life.

One of the most powerful things I have learned from my time at Kansas State University is that you can learn a lot from your failures. It is inevitable that you will fail sometime during your time in college career. Maybe you will oversleep, forget an assignment, not spend enough time on a test, miss a meeting, double book yourself, or forget to go into work. These things will happen, and if you are like me, when they do you will feel really bad. It might be hard to pick yourself back up and continue on. However, learning how to move past your failures and be better for it is an incredibly important skill. In fact, the times I have grown the most in college is when I failed. I didn’t get a job I wanted, I did poorly on a test, etc.

K-State is a wonderful place because everyone here wants to help you. Everyone wants to see you succeed. If you reach out for help there is always someone to help you back to your feet. K-State really is a family, and I promise that you will grow a lot in your time here.

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Just for Fun

It seems like every semester I have been at K-State I have gotten busier and busier. All of the things that I am doing I really enjoy and are giving me great knowledge for the future. However, I realized that I was starting to do less and less things just for fun. I realized that I was feeling a lot of pressure to make sure everything I did was “working towards my future”. Don’t get me wrong. I think it is incredibly important to get involved and do things that are preparing you for your future. But I also think that it is important to do things you love just because you love them.

Let me give you an example from my life. In high school I was super into theatre. I did all of the plays and I absolutely loved acting. When I came to college I kind of walked away from theatre because it wasn’t my major and I didn’t think I had time for it. That didn’t last long though because by the end of freshman year I missed it a lot. I needed a fine arts credit for my major so I decided I would take Fundamentals if Acting. The class was so fun, and I was so happy to be acting again. As the end of the semester was nearing I was getting sad because I knew it was almost over. I expressed this to my theatre teacher as she told me I could take another theatre class. I was really torn because I knew this semester was going to be busy and I didn’t know if I could make time for something that wasn’t directly preparing me for my future. I realized though that I still love and enjoy theatre and that it is worth it to make time for things that you love – even if you can’t put it on a resume :)

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New Shoes. Old Style.

A few days before I came back to Manhattan I bought a new pair of shoes. They are black, high top Converse and you could definitely say I love them. In fact, I think I have worn them every day since I got them. There is something about a new pair of shoes that just feels so good.  Every time I get a new pair it is exciting. They aren’t quite worn in yet and your feet have to adjust to the newness of them. The soles start to break in and the fabric gets softer. They are beginning their story. These shoes carry my travels. They know where I have been and they help me get there. In a way these shoes remind me of the start of a new semester. It is new and exciting. You don’t necessarily know what is going to happen, but there are so many adventures and new experiences waiting for you.

However, what I really love about them is that while these actual shoes are new to me, the style isn’t. I have many pairs of converse throughout my life and in a way they have started to feel a little bit like home. This is like the start of the spring semester. You have new classes and new places to go, but you also have some familiarity. You have your friends, you have your dorm room or house. It is just like a new pair of shoes with an old style.

At least for me, this semester is kind of this perfect balance of new and exciting, but familiar and comforting. I guess what I am trying to say is: I am excited to see where these new shoes take me, but I am glad they look and feel like the old shoes I love.

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The Bucket List

Winter Break is definitely a time to relax, but I think it is also a great time to do some of the things you have hoped to do all semester but haven’t found time to do. For example, I have had several books I wanted to read, movies I wanted to watch, things I wanted to research, and places I wanted to explore. To help me accomplish all of the things I wanted to do over break I made a bucket list. Here is part of it:

  1. Read a biography of someone I admire
  2. Read a book someone recommends to me
  3. See an older movie I have never seen before
  4. Have a movie marathon with a friend
  5. Spend a day being a “tourist” in Kansas City
  6. Try a new restaurant
  7. Learn about something I don’t know a lot about
  8. Watch a documentary
  9. Find some TED Talks to watch
  10. Try a new recipe

This list has helped me do some things I want to do over break, maybe you can write your own and do the same! Enjoy your break!

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“Adventure is out there!”

One of my favorite lines from the Disney Pixar movie, UP is “Adventure is out there!” It is such a good reminder that life is meant to be explored and there is always something to be discovered. I have found this to be especially true at Kansas State University, but I would alter his just slightly to say “opportunity is out there”.

I cannot even begin to tell you how many opportunities there are at Kansas State University. Honestly it could almost be overwhelming sometimes. You can take classes, join clubs, hear lectures, see plays, play instruments, learn about various religions, join greek life, study abroad, have internships, work on campus, have mentors, be a mentor, travel, go on ski trips, go to football games, play intramurals, and the list goes on and on. However, having the opportunities does nothing unless you take advantage of them. I would encourage every student at K-State to try to take advantage of some of the opportunities that they have. This is such a great time to learn and try new things. It is okay if you change your mind later, but at least you tried and learned something.

Adventure really is out there- but it starts by taking advantage of opportunities.

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Be Bold

It has just begun to hit me that another semester is almost over. I was thinking today about all that has happened over the semester and how fast it has all gone. Sometimes I feel like the days and weeks and months go by so fast and I don’t have time to take advantage of all the opportunities I have, or experience all of the things I want to experience. I realized that the best way to combat this is to be bold. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and go out on a limb. One of my favorite quotes is “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne. This really sums up how I feel about college. I think it is a time to find your passions, explore the world, read a lot, take interesting classes, ask questions, meet new people, and just be bold. You never know what you may discover.

Here’s to being bold!

 

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Taking a “Break”

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to Kansas City to volunteer at The Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families that have children in the hospital. I spent my day with my fellow K-State students raking leaves and learning more about myself, service, and how to better implement service into my life.

I went with a program at K-State called Alternative Breaks. Alternative Breaks provides students with service-learning opportunities on weekends and over winter and spring breaks. The idea of the program is to get students engaged with various social issues, and then give them hands on experience to help them grow and learn. It is an awesome program and I am so grateful that K-State offers a program like it. I would definitely encourage everyone to explore the program and learn more about it. There are a lot of cool opportunities for leadership and development.

Check out this link for more information!

http://www.k-state.edu/leadership/programs/altbreaks/

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